February 1, 2023

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Abra is ready to provide skills training to the 28 new completers of the community drug rehabilitation program.
Tesda-Abra Acting Provincial Director Nenita Corro said the completers would be trained on driving with National Certification II (NC II), carpentry NC II, electrical installation and maintenance NC II, and masonry NC II.
They will also be provided with starter kits that they can use in case they want to start a home industry or an economic activity after training.
Corro said the training is a regular program of the Tesda, which is provided under the program, “Skills Training for Special Clients.”
Special clients is a term for special sectors being assisted by the TESDA.
Included in the classification are indigenous peoples and indigenous cultural communities, calamity-affected communities, inmates and their dependents, persons with disability, family enterprises, rebel returnees, dependents of soldiers or military personnel who are killed-in-action or wounded-in-action, displaced women and senior citizens.
Corro said the training will start as soon as the clearance that indicates that the surrenderers have completed the requirement of the community drug rehabilitation program is released.
Of the 28 drug surrenderers, 12 are from Bangued and 16 are from San Juan, Abra.
Abra had 1,280 drug surrenderers who availed of the government’s assistance when President Rodrigo Duterte announced the campaign against illegal drugs at the start of his term.
Since then, several have already completed the continuing drug rehabilitation program conducted individually or jointly by the government, church-based groups, and non-government organizations.
“Skills development and livelihood projects would help in the drug surrenderers’ socio-economic re-integration into the society,” Corro said.
She said their entitlement later on to a national certificate upon completion of the training and passing the assessment will make them eligible for a job locally and abroad.
She said the government agency will mobilize Tesda Technology Institutions to facilitate competency assessments and skills training of the beneficiaries. – PNA

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